Career Advisor/Employer Engagement Specialist, Job Futures 55+

Status: 
Full Time, 35 hours per week until June 30, 2021 with possibility of extension.
Location: 
Vancouver and North Vancouver locations
Posting period: 
07/23/2020 to 08/11/2020

Help us make a difference
and build better futures for women and their families through advocacy and integrated services that foster economic independence, wellness and equal opportunities. YWCA serves over 45,000 clients annually, with 45 programs and services in 58 locations. 

We are proud to be an equal opportunity employer, and value our diverse workplace. Women, Indigenous and racialized peoples, LGBTQ+ individuals, and people with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Overview
YWCA Metro Vancouver’s Job Futures 55+ is a program funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training, to provide employment services for jobseekers 55 years and over. The structured program has a comprehensive workshop format addressing career planning, job search, employability, health and wellness topics; essential skills; job development; opportunities for work experience, employer engagement; sustainable employment placement and job coaching. The program has a three-person team delivering this performance-based employment program, and operates out of Vancouver and North Vancouver locations serving Metro Vancouver (currently the program is offered online via Zoom video-conferencing).  

Who We Are
We are a dedicated and dynamic team of career development practitioners. We embody our workplace values: open and respectful communication, personal accountability, upholding professional ethics and ensuring an enjoyable workplace by embracing humour, creativity and enthusiasm.

Career Advisor/Employer Engagement Specialist Core Duties:

  • Working with the team, develop and implement an employer engagement strategy to link program participants to sustainable employment and/or further substantive education in the community
  • Connect employers to the program through engagement activities, such as guest speaker opportunities; informational interviews; job fairs, developing job shadowing and work experience opportunities for participants, workplace orientation tours and interviews with participants for sustainable employment. 
  • Provide job search/career coaching; assist clients in identifying and achieving employment goals, setting realistic career plans, and assisting program participants in achieving employment and educational goals
  • Work with the team to understand clients’ evolving needs in working towards participant goals that align with their skills and experience.
  • Working with the wider YWCA job development and marketing team to connect participants with existing employer relationships and opportunities
  • Meet with employers to create training plans and complete paperwork
  • Participate in events / roundtables
  • Assist clients with resumes, cover letters, interview preparation, and labour market information and trend research, as well as one to one support
  • Facilitate workshops as needed (e.g., networking, professional branding, alumni engagement, job search topics).
  • Attend weekly Case Conferencing with program staff to discuss client and employer issues, and placement opportunities.
  • Maintaining contact with program alumni to track results and provide job sustainment supports and job coaching as part of a performance-based contract
  • Working with YWCA Marketing, helping to maintain and update program’s social media presence for marketing, outreach and employer recognition
  • Maintain timely, accurate client records and confidentiality
  • Part of developing and implementing a community outreach and marketing plan to recruit program participants
  • Special project contribution and other duties as required

Qualifications:

  • Direct experience in employer engagement, coaching clients, connecting clients to employment opportunities
  • Effective relationship builder with a track record of establishing strong working relationships; natural connector and networker
  • Self-starter, ideas generator, results based, energetic and driven to ensure the success of others
  • Bachelor’s Degree; or 2-year Diploma in related discipline combined with relevant work experience; or a combination of education and work experience.
  • CCDP certification is an asset
  • Passionate about working with older workers and the barriers that they may face in the labour market
  • Motivated to work independently and as part of a team to deliver effective services
  • Experience working in and understanding an outcome-based program model is an asset
  • Strong communication, writing and research skills
  • Excellent computer skills (all Microsoft Applications)
  • Demonstrated flexibility and positive attitude towards change
  • Ability to lead participants in their career development, motivate jobseekers to embrace change, think creatively about work search strategies.
  • Demonstrated ability using social media for networking and professional branding (LinkedIn, Twitter) and program marketing
  • Ability to facilitate workshops to small and medium sized groups.
  • Comfortable working as part of a small team to drive program outcomes
  • Must be willing to travel in the Metro Vancouver region to meet with potential employers and conduct outreach
  • Proficient in Video-Conferencing technology (eg. Zoom, MS Teams, GoTo Meeting)
  • A valid clear criminal record check (including working with vulnerable populations) is required.

Consider joining our committed team of staff and being part of an inclusive and rewarding workplace. Candidates are invited to send cover letters and resumes until August 11th, 2020 to:

Peter Fischer
Manager, Job Futures 55+
email: pfischer@ywcavan.org

No phone calls please

We thank all who apply, but only applicants selected for an interview will be contacted. All employment will be decided on the basis of qualifications, merit, and business need. For more information about this and other YWCA Metro Vancouver career opportunities, please visit ywcavan.org.